Alcohol smuggling in Colombia causes an estimated $300 Million in lost tax revenue for the government. Cigarette smuggling also causes $300 Million in lost tax revenue in Colombia.
Up to 50 percent of wine produced in Croatia is reported to be sold on the black market, leading to 30 million liters of wine being smuggled.
An estimated 415,000 liters of beer that was smuggled into Norway from other countries were seized in 2011.
A laboratory study at St. Andrews University found that counterfeit Scotch whiskies had less than 40 percent alcohol characteristics of authentic single malt whiskies.
Authorities in the United Kingdom reported sales of illegal beer increased by 45 percent in 2009-2010. The smuggled alcohol was worth $1.2 Billion (800 Million British Pounds).
In the French port cities of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer, Custom officers seized 82,000 liters of illegal spirits in August 2011. The number of seized bottles in the one month was equal to three months seizures in 2010.
Malaysia’s National Government losses up to $268 Million (800 Million Malaysian Ringgits) in tax revenue every year to alcohol smuggling.
Fake wines are sold in China at prices as little as $13 (90 Yuan) to as high as $5,440 (35,000 Yuan). The counterfeit wine market in China is estimated to be worth $685 Million annually.
Drug trafficking in Turkey generated $1.7 Billion in 2010, according to a report by the Istanbul Chamber of Public Accountants and Financial Advisers. Human smugglers in Turkey made $440 Million moving illegal migrants out of the country, and the bootlegging of alcohol on the black market brought in $60 Million.
959,486 packs of smuggled cigarettes were found in Turkey in 2010, an increase of almost 50 percent from the 448,092 packs found in 2009. 38,219 bottles of smuggled alcohol were discovered in 2010, an increase of 63 percent from the 23,459 bottles discovered in 2009. There was also an increase of counterfeit alcohol bottles in… Continue reading Seizures of Cigarettes and Alcohol in Turkey in 2010